ARC Review: Dirty Letters by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

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ARC Review: Dirty Letters by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland
Dirty Letters

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: November 5, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 300

Recommended Read!

“…just kept you wanting to read more.”
~ Under the Covers

If you are looking for a sweet and endearing book to read with a side of sexy then you have to read DIRTY LETTERS by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward.  It has their signature writing style which makes their stories addictive, their characters relatable and has you rooting the whole time to seem them work things out.  This one was low on angst in my opinion which worked really well for this story and it’s a childhood penpals love story.  SO CUTE!

The hero is from the UK and the heroine is from the US.  They started corresponding via mail due to a school project and just liked each other enough that they kept writing throughout the years.  From little kids through their teenage years, that friendship developed through letters and feelings started to come out.  They knew each other better than anyone else.  But tragedy struck and Luca stopped communicating. Now, many years later, she’s decided to finally go to her father’s NYC apartment to clear it since he passed away a while ago and finds one final letter from her penpal and decides to write back.

There’s something innocent about the fact that their feelings for each other grew so intense from simple correspondence, never meeting in person.  Seeing them re-establish that connection now that they are at different stages of their lives and dealing with their own issues was just perfect.  This book also tackles mental health and, without going into details or being spoilery, it does play a factor in the relationship between these characters.  Both from the point of them getting together, but long term in how their relationship will work.

I really appreciated how this author duo handled the story.  It never felt like it had slow parts, just kept you wanting to read more.  I highly recommend you give it a try.


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About Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in two dozen languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

About Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York TimesUSA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over 1.5 million books sold, she is a twenty-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels.


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I’m not a big contemporary romance reader but I have read a few of their stories and enjoyed them so I’m looking forward to this.

Kathleen Bylsma

Great review and I agree!
Rarely a fail with these two.
Love the premise, too.

Amy R

Sounds great, I’m a fan of low angst.


Looking forward to reading this, thanks for the rec Francesca